Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2013 New York
Katie Gallagher showed a spare, twenty-look collection for Spring. The palette consisted of three hues—pale pink, white, and black—and was made up of simple, sportswear-driven silhouettes. Inspired by the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten's song "Blume," about a woman trying on different identities in the guise of flowers, each look was named after one: Chrysanthemum, Peony, Marigold…all the way down the spectrum to Black Dahlia. There were hand-sewn blooms accenting a few of the looks—they were raw and beautifully messy on the hem of a sheer, pale skirt—but there was nothing particularly floral about the pieces' shapes. Instead, Gallagher, a runner, said she'd injected a little bit more sport into the clothes. Swimwear was mixed in throughout, and the collection featured Gallagher's first ever menswear-inspired piece, a lightweight bomber jacket that looked like something you'd throw on for your cooldown lap. Nothing much stood out, but that may have been intentional. These are pieces to add to and build on—individual blossoms as opposed to centerpieces.